When you have crossed the Jordan

When you have crossed the Jordan into the land the Lord your God is giving you, set up some large stones and plaister them with plaster.

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Write on them all the words of this law when you have crossed

over to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you,

a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on Mount Ebal,

as I command you today, and plaister them with plaster.

Build there an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones.

Do not use any iron tool on them.

Build the altar of the Lord your God with fieldstones and offer burnt offerings on it to the Lord your God.

Sacrifice fellowship offerings there, eating them and rejoicing in the presence of the Lord your God.

And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up.

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Obey the Lord your God and follow his commands and decrees

that I give you today.

Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who dishonors their father or mother.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who moves their neighbor’s boundary stone.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who has sexual relations with any animal.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.

Then all the people say: So be it!

Cursed is he who takes his neighbour's life secretly.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.

Then all the people shall say: So be it!

If you fully obey the Lord your God and in precision follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on Earth.

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All these blessings will come on you and accompany you

if you obey the Lord your God:

A blessing will be on you in the town, and a blessing in the field.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

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The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath,

if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him.

Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you.

The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty,

to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.

You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.

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The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and in precision follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and in precision follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.

Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today,

to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

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However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not in precision follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:

You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.

The Lord will send on you cursing and trouble and punishment

in everything to which you put your hand, till sudden destruction

overtakes you; because of your evil ways in which you have been false to me.

The Lord will send disease after disease on you, till you have

been cut off by death from the land to which you are going.

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The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish.

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The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder,

it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.

The Lord will let you be overcome by your haters: you will go out against them one way, and you will go in flight before them seven ways: you will be the cause of fear among all the kingdoms of the Earth.

He will make your minds diseased, and your eyes blind, and your hearts wasted with fear:

You will go feeling your way when the sun is high, like a blind man for whom all is dark, and nothing will go well for you: you will be crushed and made poor for ever, and you will have no saviour.

Your sons and your daughters will be given to another people, and your eyes will be wasted away with looking and weeping for them all the day: and you will have no power to do anything.

The fruit of your land and all the work of your hands will be food for a nation which is strange to you and to your fathers, you will only be crushed down and kept under for ever:

So that the things which your eyes have to see will send you out of your minds.

And you, and the king whom you have put over you, will the Lord take away to a nation >strange to you and to your fathers, there you will be servants to other gods of wood and stone.

End you will become a wonder and a name of shame among all the nations where the Lord will take you.

You will have sons and daughters, but they will not be yours, for they will go away prisoners into a strange land.

The man from a strange land who is living among you will be lifted up higher and higher over you, while you go down lower and lower.

He will let you have his wealth at interest, and will have no need of yours: he will be the head and you the tail.

And all these curses will come after you and overtake you, till your destruction is complete, because you did not give ear to the voice of the Lord your God, or keep his laws and his orders which he gave you:

Because you did not give honour to the Lord your God, worshipping him gladly, with joy in your hearts on account of all your wealth of good things;

If you will not take care to do all the words of this law, recorded in this book, honouring that name of glory and of fear,  the Lord your God;

And you will become a very small band, though your numbers were like the stars of heaven, because you did not give ear to the voice of the Lord your God.

And as the Lord took delight in doing you good and increasing you, so the Lord will take pleasure in cutting you off and causing your destruction, and you will be uprooted from the land which you are about to take as your heritage.